Invited talk: Bi-/multilingualism and brain plasticity: Current evidence and implications for cognitive ageing

I have been invited by the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Canada, to give a talk titled “Bi-/multilingualism and brain plasticity: Current evidence and implications for cognitive ageing”. This is part of the ‘Life Trajectory and Cognitive Ageing’ scientific meeting, to be held on the 17th of May, which will feature a variety of talks on the topic of cognitive ageing and the strategies or lifestyle changes that might interact with it.

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The full programme of the meeting can be found here

Register now: Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain workshop

Registration is now open for the day workshop on Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain that we will host at the University of Reading on the 21st of June. This event is addressed to everyone interested in the effects of speaking more than one languages on the structure and function of the brain, and how these effects might interact with neurodegeneration and cognitive decline. Keynote speakers include Thomas Bak (Edinburgh), David Green (UCL) and Aileen Ho (Reading). This is a free event, but interested parties will need to register in order to secure a place.

For more details, including the full programme of the day, and to register, visit this link.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Our new MRI scanner is now up and running!

Our neuroimaging facilities at CINN now boast a brand new Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma 3T MRI Scanner.Watch our colleagues Dr. Christakou, Prof. Saddy and Prof Johnstone explain the importance of the upgrade and the potential for new cutting-edge research that the new scanner brings with it. Our lab is one of the first to start using the new machine, and we are already excited by the quality of the data we acquire. Needless to say that we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas to study bilingualism in the brain!



Second call for papers+ DEADLINE EXTENDED: Workshop on Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading, UK, is now inviting submissions for a day workshop titled:

“Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain: Current evidence and future directions”.

This event will look into contemporary suggestions about the neuroprotective effects of bi-/multilingualism against brain decline in clinical populations. It will bring together early career and established researchers in the fields of second language acquisition and cognitive/clinical neuroscience, and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well as discuss potential future directions for research.

This free event will take place on the 21st of June 2017 as part of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) 2017 week, and is co-funded by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), and the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA).

For more details, including the call for papers, please visit the workshop’s webpage here

New publication at the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

“MultiPic: A standardized set of 750 drawings with norms for six European languages”, with Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, Davide Crepaldi, Antje S. Meyer, Boris NewEva Smolka and Marc Brysbaert

You can access pre-prints of this paper, as well as the entire picture database and all the norms for free via this link.

Abstract

Numerous studies in psychology, cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics have used pictures of objects as stimulus materials. Currently, authors engaged in cross-linguistic work or wishing to run parallel studies at multiple sites where different languages are spoken must rely on rather small sets of black-and-white or colored line drawings. These sets are increasingly experienced as being too limited. Therefore, we constructed a new set of 750 colored pictures of concrete concepts. This set, MultiPic, constitutes a new valuable tool for cognitive scientists investigating language, visual perception, memory and/or attention in monolingual or multilingual populations. Importantly, the MultiPic databank has been normed in six different European languages (British English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian and German).

Call for papers: Workshop on Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading, UK, is now inviting submissions for a day workshop titled:

“Bi-/Multilingualism and the Declining Brain: Current evidence and future directions”.

This event will look into contemporary suggestions about the neuroprotective effects of bi-/multilingualism against brain decline in clinical populations. It will bring together early career and established researchers in the fields of second language acquisition and cognitive/clinical neuroscience, and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well as discuss potential future directions for research.

This free event will take place on the 21st of June 2017 as part of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) 2017 week, and is co-funded by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), and the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA).

For more details, including the call for papers, please visit the workshop’s webpage here